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Chasing Fire

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  36,337 ratings  ·  2,061 reviews
Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.

But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumper
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Putnam
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Protection of Endangered Species: Fireman in the Wild

So after a long dry spell, (heh heh) Nora Roberts is ON FIRE!!! (I'm SO punny!) Okay, I'll stop now.

I've mentioned this before, and I'll say it again, Nora Roberts' characters have the BEST careers ever. Whether she's writing about a pastry chef, or a journalist or wildfire fighter, you always feel like you're standing right there with them, seeing how they go about their lives, and
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was all new territory to me. I had never come across Smokejumpers before so I guess we do not have them in Australia. Maybe, although our bush fires are savage, they have some basic difference to American wildfires. Anyway, as I said, smoke jumping was new to me and all very interesting.
As usual Nora's characters were well drawn and entertaining. She always writes witty dialogue and manages to keep her romances very romantic and down to earth at the same time.
The story was good if a bit ove

5 Blazing Stars! I loved everything about this book…and then some!!

So much to love about this story!! First and foremost…Gulliver Curry! I really enjoyed his character. He wasn’t always front and center in the plot, but he had such a strong presence, that he carried a lot of the book. He handled Rowan with ease, and she was not an easy woman to handle. His determination to be with her was so sexy, he was dominant, but not in a demanding way. He set his sights on her and wormed his way into her l
Lisa Kay
Smoke Jumper Pictures, Images and Photos

★★★★½ (Review of audiobook.) It is one thing to fight a forest fire and another thing all together to parachute into one; however, that is exactly what the Missoula Smoke Jumpers do. Nora Roberts has decided to write a story that follows several storylines of these select heroes and manages a murder mystery to boot. Rebecca Lowman does an excellent job of narrating this one, keeping the voice inflections varied enough for me to differentiate the multiple characters.

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I enjoyed Rowan Tr
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

DNF at 32%, which is about 4+ hours of listening.

I'm super bummed that I didn't like this one. I'm a big fan of the audio narrator, Rebecca Lowman, who killed it in her narration of Landline, so I had high hopes for this one. Again, Rebecca Lowman delivered a great performance. Her male voices were raspy and sexy and her female voices were also pitch perfect. However, even an awesome narration couldn't save this one for me.

For some reason, even 4 hours in, this book just had no plot. I mean, th
♡Karlyn P♡
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was another really good romance suspense done Nora Roberts style. In all of her books she infuses so much about the characters life to paint a vivid picture of how they live and think, a device that can works great but sometimes consumes the story too much. In Chasing Fire the details about smoke jumping were fascinating, relevant, and not over done.

The heroine is the captain of a smoke jumper squad, a tough lady who takes her job of protecting her crew seriously. When a tragedy occurs, it
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was an exciting, well-plotted firefighter romance and arson/murder mystery. Rowan and Gull are both firefighters out in rural Missoula, jumping out of planes and spending days at a time cutting down trees and creating fire breaks to stop forest fires. Rowan’s father was a “jumper” as well, and she has sworn not to date one of her colleagues. Naturally, Gull is different.

Last season, Rowan lost one of her teammates, and is haunted by his death. But when accidents and attacks start happening
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Why do I keep reading Nora Roberts? Her characters have become stilted, predictable, and none too personable.

Chasing Fire is about a female fire jumper, a murder mystery, and a romance with a rookie fire jumper. You'll figure out the murderer quickly so don't read it from a murder mystery standpoint.

This book missed the mark. Maybe I'm stereotyping, but I would think that a female fire jumper is a bit of a rarity. You wouldn't know it to read the book. Struggles related to fire fighting are ther
Still a bit on the fence about this book. The hero is legend (I found Simon, the hero in NR's previous offering, The Search, to be a bit of a wanker): he's a bit alpha but not overbearing, he's sweet & romantic and not ashamed to admit it, he's funny & witty, and he knows what he wants; the heroine is strong & confident & kicks major arse (albeit she has some mummy abandonment issues); and the dialogue between them is excellent and really cracked me up. The supporting characters are well develop ...more
jv poore
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Could I be growing bored with Ms. Roberts? I didn't love the Bridal series, so I have been looking forward to this book. For me, it fell short of my hopes and expectations. As always, the characters were amazing, the detail provided about the job of the jumpers was exquisite, the plot just didn't pull me in. All in all, it was a fun read, the sort of book to take to the beach, it just didn't feel like the Ms. Roberts that I adore, such as Carolina Moon, Black Hills and The Search. ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars. The solution to the puzzle was predictable but oh, I felt for the smoke jumpers. The setting is truly immersive, the heat, the danger, the camaraderie. The female lead in particular is well-rounded and interesting and both storytelling and prose are good. A pleasant read.

He looked at her as they crossed to the trailhead. “I’m all about equal pay for equal work. A firm believer in ability, determination, brains having nothing to do with gender. I’m even cautiously open to women playe
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't go wrong with Nora Roberts, I enjoyed most of her books and she is definitely one of my favourite authors ever.

Unfortunately, this time I wasn't in the mood to read anything, so I struggled even with this book. As much as I enjoyed the story and the characters, this book didn't grab me as much as some other ones from Nora Roberts. And I'm not sure if the reason was my lack of enthusiasm about reading anything or maybe the story is not as good as some others. I believe the reason is most
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to say I loved this one. I wouldn't recommend the audio, but when I switched over to paper, I flew through it. This is Nora Roberts romanctic suspense of old. As is habit with NR, there was a little too much detail and a little too much time spent on fighting fires, jumping out of planes, organizing equipment--time that could have been cut out or spent on the story. But anyone who's read an NR book expects that I suppose.

I loved the lead characters. Rowan Tripp is smart, tough, witty and
Duchess Nicole
I loved this one! My faith is officially renewed in Nora's Romantic suspense. This was an INTENSE read. The smoke jumping firefighting scenes were simply amazing. The research that Nora puts into her books just blows my mind. I swear, I was jumping out of planes and sweating it out on the ground. My heart was racing, adrenaline pumping...simply awesome, says I!!!

Rowan is more of a tough chick than I normally like. She's living in a man's world, after all. But I never felt as if she got over the
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, romance, action
All in all, I'd give it 2.5 stars. I liked it better than okay, but not enough to merit 3. The thing that bothered me most was the sentence structure. It was terrible. "Gibbons came to stand behind her, gulped coffee." Let me just say that a comma is NOT a substitute for a conjunction, subject and predicate. I could accept if she used this sentence style sometimes, as a change up in dialogue, but they just permeated the narrative. It felt like Roberts wrote the book in a hurry but never came bac ...more
SB*needs low angst books*
This is the story about a fire jumping unit that is experiencing a really rough season following a tragic death the season before.

The heroine is name Rowan Tripp and is the only daughter of famous fire jumper Lucas "Ironman" Tripp. She is a woman who is very independent and very stubborn. Someone who resits change and avoids long term relationships. She is very good at her job though and it is one very important to her.

The hero is Gull(Gulliver) Curry. He was a firefighter and is now a new rec
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wildfire season is just beginning and Rowan Tripp has returned to her job as a fire jumper after a tragedy last season killed her jumping partner. Rowan's job between fighting fires is to help train the new recruits. One of the rookies, Gulliver Curry, keeps asking her out. Rowan is attracted to Gull; but has a policy that she does not hook up with her co-workers. That doesn't stop Gull from trying to change her mind. As the season begins, Rowan finds a charred body while fighting a forest fire. ...more
Lakshmi C
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been on a re-reading spree recently, anyone else try something familiar?

Nora Roberts explores new territory with this one. She introduces you to the brave, dangerous world of smoke jumpers and you can see the action unfold.

Rowan was tough, loyal and guarded.

Gulliver Curry was charming, clever, strong with bottomless patience. And romantic.
Somehow he made me think of gentle giants, instant noodles and spicy food.

The murders in this book were, personal, brutal and the crew was full of unlik
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read, as usual for Nora. Strong characters, good mystery, and snappy dialogue. Lots of action too.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
It's wildfire season, so I thought this book was "in-season". We had just been to Breckenridge earlier in July and the Peak 2 fire had been fought by one of the top teams in the country. It brings home how important the firefighters jobs are.

The characters, story line and mystery are good, but for me they were dragged down with too much detail of the firefighting. Some of the scenes were exciting and some felt more like a down load of all the research NR did for the book. It was fairly easy to d
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Liked this one quite a bit. Loved the camaraderie NR created with the smoke jumpers. She did a great job of creating different personalities amongst all the characters complete with realistic quirks. Nice amount of everday humor.

In contrast to her last few stand-alones, I actually liked this heroine as much as I liked the hero. Rowan was earthy, a little bawdy, knew her job, and was incredibly competent. I didn't feel disconnected from her like I have from some previous NR heroines.

Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
I know I'm biased because I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan, but it's a rare day that she writes a book that I don't really enjoy. This year's hardcover release, "Chasing Fire," was no exception. I was hooked into this book pretty quick.

Series Note:
No series connections.

Fire season is approaching Missoula, Montana and smoke-jumper Rowan Tripp is returning to base to prepare for the physical demands to come. But this year, coming back isn't as easy after losing her jump partner the year before.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, roberts-nora
Oh yeah! Just as great as I remembered it!

Original review stands: Can Nora Roberts do anything wrong? I learned so much about smoke jumpers - what they do, what they go through, their dedication to their work, how they put their lives on the line every time they jump to help put out a forest fire. That backdrop made for a thrilling story. And the romance was as hot as the fire! Yes, another winner from Nora Roberts. :)
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance
This is another winner for Nora Roberts. I liked the plot well enough, loved the subplot, and loved the characters.

It was fun watching the heroine having to deal with her own feelings on her dad's falling in love.

I didn't give it the highest rating because the suspense parts of the plot were a bit too obvious, to the point where I'd guessed the true villian and the motive in chapter three and was able to predict who would be the next victim of his machinations. (view spoiler)
Sahara Kelly
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know that every now and again it becomes "fashionable" to knock Nora Roberts' books. To say they're formulaic, routine or repetitive. And yes, occasionally those complaints hold some merit. BUT - there is no getting around the fact that this lady works magic with words and characters. Are the plots predictable? Probably. Do I care? No. I don't care because Ms. Roberts writes characters that consistently come alive for me, leaping brightly from her pages with humor, reality and the desire to ta ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I liked this book well-enough, though a lot of its elements aren’t really that interesting to me. As is common for Roberts’ books, the details of those things outside of common experience are researched well enough that they feel real in the lives of her characters. I’m not a fire jumper and I don’t know anybody who is, so I can’t speak to how accurate they may be by themselves. But as part of the story they feel integral and important in ways that would be hard to pull off without a great deal ...more
Rosina Lippi
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Edited to add: I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, and I should have said this: what a great narrator. Good differentiation of one character from another, and no straining to sound male -- she just pulls it off.

I've read a lot of Nora Roberts' novels -- with the exception of the fantasy and paranormal titles, which just are not my proverbial cup of tea. A lot of her books blend together for me, which means that they were less than compelling or memorable. Not bad, mind you. Just n
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it

It's apparent that Chasing Fire was excellently researched, and the fire jumper aspect was really interesting. I also really liked Rowan and Gull, as well as all of the secondary characters. However, I did have a couple of minor issues that prevented me from rating it higher.

I listened to the digital audiobook, and between parts 9-12 (out of 13 parts) the book started feeling really long. Rowan and Gull's relationship seemed to be in a holding pattern while they continued to work on the fire
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2015
This is one of the latest Nora Roberts' standalone novels and a good one.
I have never heard about smokejumpers who fight the forest fires jumping out of the plane into the heart of the fire. So exciting! I really enjoyed the competent descriptions about the training, living and adrenaline filled job they do fighting the fire in most difficult conditions. This job is truly dangerous, demands special skills and qualities only the bravest or craziest adrenaline chunkies can take on.
In addition to
Christine (KizzieReads)
This was one subject that I have never read about before and wasn't sure how I would like it, but since it was written by Nora Roberts, it had to be good. It was! You get to see how intense a wildfire is from the smoke jumpers perspective, rather than a news segment. It shows just how much work and dedication these people live with every day. I just didn't want to figure the twist out so soon. It was great as always though with wonderful characters and their relationships. ...more
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